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CERTIFICATE IN ESSENTIALS OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR

The Certificate in Essentials of Human Resource Management Seminar provides comprehensive and practical coverage of many important aspects of human resource work. The objective of the program is to help participants who are new to the human resources field immediately become more effective on the job, while helping them prepare for greater responsibilities.

All instruction and reference materials are developed so they can be applied in the everyday workplace. Participants learn the essentials of employment law, compensation program design and planning, key training techniques to develop a performance based evaluation program, HR decision metrics, and HR strategies.

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Seminar Tuition: $2,375

All IAML programs are presented at attractive destination locations nationwide.  They are also available in-house for you and your team.  Learn more.

The Certificate in Essentials of Human Resource Management Seminar is divided into two separate “blocks”.  You can choose to attend a single block or both.  Please remember, to earn a certificate you must complete both blocks within a two year period.

Block 1 - Legal Aspects of HR Management (Monday - Tuesday)

Employment Discrimination Law

  • Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (discrimination and retaliation)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (including reasonable accommodation and undue hardship)
  • The 1991 Civil Rights Act
  • The Equal Pay Act
  • Executive Order 11246/Affirmative Action
  • The Rehabilitation Act
  • State discrimination laws

Kinds of Discrimination

  • Disparate treatment
  • Disparate impact
  • Harassment (including sexual harassment)

How Discrimination is Proven

  • Direct evidence (“smoking guns”)
  • Circumstantial evidence
  • Statistical/numerical evidence

Specific Laws/Rules Regarding Employment Termination

  • “Employment at-will”
  • Public policy discharge
  • Implied contracts
  • Whistle-blower laws

Labor Standards Laws

  • Fair Labor Standard Act (wage-hour, overtime, child labor)
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act
  • Family & Medical Leave Act

Labor Law – The National Labor Relations Act

Miscellaneous

  • Worker’s Compensation
  • COBRA
  • ERISA
  • WARN

Potential Personal/Individual Liability of the Manager/Supervisor

Safety and Security Issues in Today’s Workplace

Employee Selection: Hiring and Interviewing Employees

  • How to avoid costly hiring mistakes
  • What to look for
  • What not to ask
  • Negligent hiring
  • Objective vs. subjective criteria
  • Workplace diversity issues
  • Employee orientation
  • Drug testing/medical evaluations

Managing, Training and Supervising Employees

  • What is/is not “harassment” on the job
  • The importance of good communication
  • Negligent retention/supervision
  • Job assignments/onerous work/overtime
  • Employee safety
  • Job accommodation/pregnancy/family-medical leaves
  • Employee privacy/electronic monitoring
  • Drug and alcohol policies/practice
  • Investigating/reporting employee complaints
  • The supervisor or manager who keeps notes, a diary, or a notebook about his/her employees

Evaluating/Appraising Employees

  • Importance of the evaluation in litigation/employee relations
  • The biggest obstacles to honest, accurate evaluations
  • How to correct performance/conduct problems
  • The self-appraisal as an important management tool
  • How to say what you mean on an evaluation

Employee Discharge and Discipline

  • A detailed checklist for supervisors and managers to reduce the likelihood of “wrongful discharge” and/or claims of discrimination
  • Unemployment claims
  • Requests for a job reference/defamation risks
Block 2 - Human Resource Management (Wednesday - Friday)

Through a Strategic Planning Case Study, participants will learn to assist in the development of their own organization’s Strategic Human Resources Plan through the use of systematic processes and HR metrics.

Strategic HR Management — is concerned with maintaining organizational competitiveness by achieving HR effectiveness through the use of HR measurement and HR technology. Through HR planning, managers must anticipate the future supply and demand for employees. An additional strategic HR concern is employee retention. Learn about what the HR Strategic Role entails and how to leverage them at your organization. We will review HR roles, competencies, and current challenges such as: The globalization of business; economic and technological changes; occupational shifts; workforce availability and demographics; and organizational costs. Learn the value of HR Effectiveness and Financial Performance by determining the ROI of all resources and expenditures. Learn about the HR scorecard, measurement and benchmarks and how to show value to your organization.

Staffing and Retention — emphasizes the need to provide an adequate supply of qualified individuals to fill the jobs in an organization. Job analysis serves as the foundation for achieving this goal. Learn how to choose the proper job analysis strategy and the difference between job task analysis and competency based job analysis:

  • Learn what the steps of the job analysis process are.
  • Learn to develop proper job descriptions.
  • Understand that recruiting applicants and selection are required to procure a workforce.
  • Learn about the employee psychological contract; job satisfaction; individual performance factors; motivation strategies; retention interventions; and cost of employee turnover.
  • What is employment branding and how your organization should do it.
  • What are the internal and external recruiting sources you should tap?
  • How do you properly select and place candidates?
  • What is the selection process and should you test?

Talent Management, Performance Management and Development — encompasses:

  • Orientation of new employees
  • Training
  • HR development of all employees and managers to meet future challenges
  • Career planning
  • Performance management which focuses on how employees perform their jobs
  • Succession planning
  • Workforce realignment
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Types of training deliveries, assessments, and learning styles
  • Training metrics
  • Benchmarking
  • ROI analysis
  • Effective Performance Management Systems should do the following:
    • Clarify what the organization expects
    • Provide performance information to employees
    • Identify areas of success and needed development
    • Document performance for personnel records
    • Learn about the different types of performance appraisals and how to maximize them for your company

Compensation and Benefits — compensation in the form of pay, incentives, and benefits rewards people for performing organizational work. Employers must develop and refine compensation systems and may use variable pay programs. Because so many organizational funds are spent on total reward systems for employees, a number of important decisions must be made to achieve the following objectives:

  • Legal compliance with all appropriate laws and regulations
  • Cost effectiveness for the organization
  • Internal, external and individual equity for employees
  • Performance enhancement for the organization
  • Performance recognition and talent management for employees

Learn how to:

  • Job price
  • Make market comparisons
  • Pros and cons of job evaluations
  • Different pay structures
  • Compliance issues that should be evaluated.
  • Consider compensation trends, projections and strategies
  • Learn the Benefits Strategy, design and measurement for your organization
  • Learn about the different types of benefits such as government mandated, voluntary, security, retirement and health benefits.

Risk Management and Worker Protection — for decades, employers have been required to meet legal requirements and be responsive to concerns for workplace health and safety. In addition, workplace security has grown in importance along with disaster and recovery planning. Learn the nature of Health, Safety and Security. Learn the legal compliance organizations must adhere to such as OSHA, PPE, Blood-borne Pathogens, Ergonomics and Workplace Air Quality.

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Learn more about the seminar.

IAML’s faculty is a veritable “who’s who” of leading attorneys and consultants with excellent academic credentials and extensive real world experience.  Each member has enjoyed high ratings for their presentation skills and is an industry thought leader who inspires and shares our focus of ensuring the highest quality training programs available.

“This was a great program!  One of the most useful programs I have attended in a long time.  Instructors were awesome!”

Dean Goodwin

Deputy Director, Administration, Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy

“The seminar was very good.  It covered a lot of pertinent information.  I felt I learned quite a bit that will have an immediate impact on my job.”

Bobbi Britton

Sr. Human Resources Consultant, Deltic Timber Corporation

“Di Ann Sanchez was truly inspiring.  She gave me the energy that I needed to continue in the field of HR.  I would recommend her session to entry level HR professionals as well as a refresher for seasoned professionals.”

Patrice Terrell

Director of Contracts and Compliance, Fort Valley State University

“Both facilitators were excellent!  I will be able to use key learning tools from the seminar immediately within my organization.  Thank you again for another awesome course!”

Michi Eaton

Regional Human Resources Manager, AutoVin

SHRM has pre-approved this seminar for Professional Development Credits (PDCs) toward SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠ Certifications.

IAML is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® has pre-approved these programs towards aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification.

IAML certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the minimum continuing legal education rules and regulations of the states listed below.

Credit hours are based on attendance in the full 4½ day seminar. For credit information for partial program attendance or if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please email us or call 949-760-1700.

Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

The Institute for Applied Management & Law, Inc. is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.  This 4½ day program has been approved for 29.75 PDCs.

HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

This program has been approved for 29.75 hours of (HR (General)) recertification credit towards aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HRCI.

Continuing legal education (additional fees for CLE application and/or reporting fees may apply):

*The states listed below have been approved for 2019. We will be submittting 2020 programs for approval from these states.

Alaska

Alaska Bar members may claim credit for attendance at CLE programs offered in or from other jurisdictions if the program has been accredited by another CLE jurisdiction (which includes California.) The State Bar of California has approved this program for 13 hours.

Arizona

The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 13 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.

Arkansas

The Supreme Court of Arkansas Office of Professional Programs has approved this 4½ day seminar for 13 hours.

California

This 4½ day activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credits by the State Bar of California in the amount of 13 credit hours. IAML certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum, continuing legal education.

Florida

Florida Bar members may claim credit for attendance at CLE programs offered in or from other jurisdictions if the program has been accredited by another MCLE jurisdiction (which includes California.) This program has been approved by the State Bar of California for 13 hours. Florida credits are based on a 50-minute hour; therefore, this 4½ day course is eligible for 15.5 MCLE credit hours.

Hawaii

Attorneys licensed in Hawaii who attend a course that has been approved for credit by a Hawaii State Bar approved jurisdiction (which includes California) may claim the CLE credits from the course or activity without seeking prior Board approval for the course or activity. This 4½ day program has been approved by the State Bar of California for 13 hours.

Maine

Maine attorneys are eligible to receive 13 credit hours for this 4½ day program through Maine’s reciprocity provision that allows credit hours for courses or activities approved by another MCLE state (which includes California) and certified by that state’s CLE regulatory authority will be accepted for identical credit by the Board of Overseers of the Bar in Maine.

Mississippi

The Mississippi Commission on CLE has approved this 4½ day seminar for 13 MCLE credit hours.

Missouri

This 4½ day course has been approved by the Missouri State Bar for 15.9 hours.

New Hampshire

NHMCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the New Hampshire MCLE requirement. IAML believes this course meets the requirements of New Hampshire Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for 780 minutes (13 hours) toward the annual NHMCLE requirement. New Hampshire attendees must self-determine whether a program is eligible for credit, and self-report their attendance.

New Jersey

Attorneys licensed in New Jersey who attend an out-of-state CLE course that has been approved for credit by a New Jersey State Bar approved jurisdiction (which includes California) may claim the CLE credits from the course or activity without seeking prior Board approval for the course or activity. Block I of this program has been approved by the State Bar of California for 13 hours. 

New York

An attorney completing an eligible Approved Jurisdiction course (which includes California) may claim 15.5 hours of New York CLE credit in accordance with the requirements of the Program Rules, Regulations and Guidelines. This program has been approved by the State Bar of California.

North Carolina

Block I of this course has been submitted to the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education for 13 hours.

Ohio

Block I of this seminar has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 13 hours.

Pennsylvania

Block I of this seminarhas been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Pennsylvania in the amount of 13 credit hours. IAML certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of Pennsylvania governing minimum continuing legal education.

Tennessee

Block I of this course has been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specialization for 13 credit hours.

Vermont

Block I of this course has been submitted to the Vermont Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners for 13 credit hours.

Wisconsin

Block I of this course has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for 15.5 credit hours.

If you do not see your state listed here, please contact us to ask about getting your state approved. IAML requests 45 days prior notification that you wish such credit.  An additional charge for CLE application and/or reporting fees may be required.

YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED

We're confident you're going to find this program to be highly beneficial and a fantastic use of your training budget!   If, for any reason, you aren't completely satisfied, we will reimburse your tuition costs.

The fee for the full 4½ day Certificate in Essentials of Human Resource Management Seminar is $2,375.

The fee includes extensive, specially prepared seminar materials, coffee breaks, and a reception the first day. (Breakfast/lunch/dinner are on your own.) Registration fees for those wishing to enroll in only portions of the seminar are:

  • Block I: $1,050 (2 days – Monday through Tuesday)
  • Block II: $1,475 (2.5 days – Wednesday through Friday)

While registrations may be accepted within the two weeks prior to the beginning of the seminar, we suggest that you call IAML to confirm space availability.

Are you eligible for a discount?

Once an organization has registered a representative for any of the full, 4½ day Certificate in Essentials of Human Resource Management Seminars, subsequent registrants from the same organization who attend any IAML seminar or conference are entitled to a discount. A $200 discount will be given for each subsequent 4½ day registrant. A $50 discount will be given for each subsequent partial program registrant.

To receive the discount, participants need not attend the same location or date. Discounts must be requested at the time of registration and are not combinable with other discount offers.

Very attractive discounts are available to organizations which send 5 or more participants to IAML seminars in any 12 month period. Participants do not necessarily need to attend the seminar at the same location or time.

Your policy requires payment two weeks in advance. Can I register for a program that is taking place in less than two weeks?

Yes, based on space availability.  You will be asked for a credit card number at the time of registration, or you may be asked to send a check via overnight mail.  Because IAML’s cancellation policy requires written notification at least two weeks in advance, by registering for a program less than two weeks in advance you are liable for the entire fee, even if you do not attend.

What is your cancellation/transfer policy?

Participants will receive a full refund of any fees paid if IAML receives written notification that they will be unable to attend at least two weeks prior to their program’s starting date.  Otherwise, participants are liable for the entire fee.  Registrants requesting a transfer to another program within this two week period will be charged an additional fee of $150.00.  You may substitute an associate at any time at no additional fee.

Is the hotel included in my enrollment fee?

You are responsible for making your own hotel reservation.  IAML has made arrangements for participants to receive discounted room rates at the hotels where the seminars will be held.  To reserve a room at our special rate you must make your reservation at least 35 days in advance of the seminar.  If you experience any difficulty in making your hotel reservation, even if it’s less than 35 days in advance please call IAML, we may be able to assist you in securing a room at the seminar hotel.

WHICH LOCATION WORKS BEST WITH YOUR SCHEDULE?

Las Vegas, Nevada
May 4 - 8, 2020

Seminar Schedule & Faculty
Block I – Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management
Wayne W. Williams, Esq., Founder of the Law Offices of Wayne W. Williams
May 4-5, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Block II – Human Resource Management
Di Ann Sanchez, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Founder of DAS HR Consulting
May 6-7, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

May 8, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

*We reserve the right to change instructors when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Location Information

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino
3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
866-919-7472

Planet Hollywood is filled with star attractions—and not just the movie kind. Dozens of restaurants and nightspots. The best live music on the Strip.  The expansive Spa by Mandara. And not one, but two enormous swimming pools. Everything is spectacular at Planet Hollywood.  Go on an all-out, Las Vegas shopping spree at Miracle Mile Shops, featuring the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Located inside Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, the 1.2 mile retail mecca is beyond amazing. Here, you can have your retail therapy and a workout.  Dining options include Buffalo Wild Wings, Cabo Wabo® Cantina, PBR Rock Bar & Grill, Pampas Brazilian Grill and more great Las Vegas restaurants.  The Planet Hollywood Pools have changed the Las Vegas scene with the addition of the Strip’s first-everFlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double.  Beyond what most waterparks typically offer, the FlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double sharpens a variety of board-sport skills – surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, skimboarding, skateboarding. In no time, riders go from bodyboards to standing up on flowboards to doing kickflips, aerials and other tricks.

IAML’s discounted room rate is $128.00 (Sunday) and $110.00 (Monday-Thursday) + $37.00 resort fee + 13.38% room tax per night

Discounted room rate available until April 12, 2020 or when sold out*
Reservations:

Austin, Texas
June 15 - 19, 2020

Seminar Schedule & Faculty
Block I – Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management
Gregg Tucek, Esq., Attorney & Vice President at Bashas’, Inc.
June 15-16, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Block II – Human Resource Management
Cyndi Ramirez Ryan, SPHR, Founder & Principal Consultant at Mas Talent
June 17-18, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

June 19, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

*We reserve the right to change instructors when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Location Information

Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center
500 N. Interstate 35
Austin, Texas 78701
512-480-8181

Enjoy Texas hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center hotel, blocks from Austin Convention Center, 6th Street, Warehouse Entertainment District, the University of Texas and seven miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Walk to corporations such as Lockheed Martin and Morgan Stanley. Known as the ‘Live Music Capital of the World,’ Austin offers shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Guest rooms feature Serta Perfect Sleeper™ beds, 42-inch TVs, refrigerators, microwaves and coffeemakers. Basic WiFi access is complimentary in guest rooms and public areas. The complimentary 24-hour business center offers PrinterOn® remote printing. Dine in the top-floor Austin restaurant Eighteenth Over Austin, visit the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® for snacks and tone up in our complimentary 24-hour fitness center.

IAML’s Discounted Group Rate is $194.00 + 15.81% tax per night. Group rate available until May 25, 2020, or when sold out*

*We reserve the right to change seminar venue when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Newport Beach, California
August 17 - 21, 2020

Seminar Schedule & Faculty
Block I – Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management
Brenda K. Heinicke, Esq., Founder of the Law Offices of Brenda K. Heinicke
August 17-18, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Block II – Human Resource Management
Di Ann Sanchez, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Founder of DAS HR Consulting
August 19-20, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

August 21, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

*We reserve the right to change instructors when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Location Information

Newport Beach Marriott
900 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949-640-4000

Plan an idyllic getaway to Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Our modern Southern California resort is conveniently located just steps away from the shops and restaurants of Fashion Island. Guests also have easy access to nearby attractions like Balboa Island and Corona Del Mar State Beach. Inside, recharge in hotel rooms and suites which feature plush bedding, flat-screen TVs, ample desks, Wi-Fi and large windows that reveal views of the golf course, the city or the ocean. Concierge-level accommodations grant access to Lounge perks, including complimentary breakfasts, and suites feature generous living rooms and furnished balconies. Indulge in our delicious restaurant and lounge or grab a snack from our hotel Starbucks®. When you want to relax, pamper yourself in our day spa, take a dip in the outdoor pools or work out in the gym. Our coastal resort also features nearly 32,000 square feet of sophisticated indoor and scenic outdoor space, perfect for everything from Newport Beach weddings to small seminars.

IAML’s Discounted Group Rate is $209.00 + 13% tax per night

Group rate available until July 27, 2020, or when sold out*

*We reserve the right to change seminar venue when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Nashville, Tennessee
September 21 - 25, 2020

Seminar Schedule & Faculty
Block I – Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management
Emily D. Shoda, Esq., Associate at Littler Mendelson
September 9-10, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Block II – Human Resource Management
Di Ann Sanchez, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Founder of DAS HR Consulting
September 11-12, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

September 13, 2019
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

*We reserve the right to change instructors when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Location Information
170 4th Avenue N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
615-256-0900

Courtyard Nashville Downtown is the place to stay when looking to immerse yourself in the city’s iconic music vibe. Located in the Arts District of “Music City”, the hotel offers easy access to endless entertainment with proximity to Broadway, 2nd Avenue, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Nissan Stadium. Walk or enjoy and curbside golf cart service from JoyRide® to Bridgestone Arena, Ascend Amphitheater and Music City Center. This high-rise hotel features a historic façade; the lobby, rooms, meeting spaces, restaurant and vibrant bar boast modern décor designed to suit your stay. Indulge in seasonal selections and signature cocktails served in a fun, inviting atmosphere in The Bistro. Start your day in a familiar way with freshly brewed beverages at the full-service Starbucks®. When it’s time to take a step back from the world, wind down in our guest rooms appointed with plush bedding and flexible workspaces.  The hotel also offers a Fitness Center, complimentary and WiFI.

IAML’s discounted room rate is $249.00 + $2.50 occupancy fee + 15.25% room tax per night
Discounted room rate available until August 21 or when sold out*
Reservations:

*We reserve the right to change seminar venue when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Washington, D.C.
November 16 - 20, 2020

Seminar Schedule & Faculty
Block I – Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management
Brenda K. Heinicke, Esq., Founder of the Law Offices of Brenda K. Heinicke
November 16-17, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Block II – Human Resource Management
Di Ann Sanchez, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Founder of DAS HR Consulting
November 18-19, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

November 20, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

*We reserve the right to change instructors when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.

Location Information

Westin Washington D.C. City Center
1400 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
202-429-1700

There will be plenty to see and do during your vacation at The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center. Placing you in the heart of downtown, we provide easy access to a variety of destinations including the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Lincoln Theatre and Capital One™ Arena. During your stay at our hotel, you’re challenged to feel your best with our state-of-the-art fitness center and pampering in-room spa menu. When business calls, you can stay productive at our 24-hour business center. During your getaway, enjoy a healthy breakfast at 1400 North, inventive craft cocktails at Infamy Bar & Restaurant and a stylish gathering in 20,000 square feet of event space. Once you’re done exploring, find sanctuary in our modern pet-friendly rooms featuring downtown views of Washington, D.C. Each of our accommodations features a flat-panel TV, plush bedding, ergonomic workstation and stylish bathroom with refreshing products. Get everything you deserve with a stay at The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center.

IAML’s Discounted Group Rate is $179.00 + 14.95% local taxGroup rate available until October 15, 2020, or when sold out*

*We reserve the right to change seminar venue when such changes are advisable for academic reasons or when circumstances are beyond our control.